Your TV Screen can be your window to the world especially now while travel is on hold. In addition to all the regular shows you watch, you can get glimpses of your bucket list destinations streaming on various channels. I got a chance to check out Britbox and was immediately drawn to two shows based on their locations.
Life on the Caribbean
The first show I watched was the first season of Death in Paradise. It was shot on the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean and reminded me of my sailing trip to the Grenadines and Grenada. As soon as I saw a goat, I was in. When you’re traveling on small islands away from big tourist ports, you see goats everywhere.
The storyline revolves around a British detective who is temporarily assigned to investigate a murder on the island. He’s a bit stuffy and never takes off his suit, even though the temperature and humidity are stifling. A beautiful black detective from the island who was educated in Paris is paired with him as his partner. Of course, he ends up staying on the island for several seasons even though he desperately wants to go back to the foggy UK.
The detective in the first season, played by Ben Miller was replaced by several other detectives as the series progressed. The series is now going into its 10th season.
And then there’s Mallorca
When I was in my twenties, I met a French flight attendant named Emanuelle who was visiting Knott’s Berry Farm. He watched me perform in the melodrama at the Birdcage Theatre and then met me afterward. We ended up having a quick “thing.” I was sort of in a relationship at the time but it was the early 70s and we were . . . you know . . . pretty loose.
He invited me to spend a few weeks in Mallorca but I declined, giving him the excuse that I had a job, cats, and an apartment to worry about. I’ve been kicking myself ever since because he was really cute!
Mallorca is a stunning island off the coast of Spain. The Mallorca Files, which you can view on Britbox. Immediately afterward, I put Mallorca is on the top of my bucket list. In fact, I’d move there in a second if I could.
Now that I’m in my 60s and unattached, except for my two dogs, I’m done making excuses. All I have to do is win the lottery.
The show is about a female British detective who is assigned a position in Mallorca. (Britbox has a slew of detective series) She’s also stuffy but is paired with a hunk of a German guy and they solve mysteries all over the island. The scenery alone is addicting. The series has been renewed for a 2nd season.
Watch this trailer
Both series have plenty of humor and are fun to watch. Britbox has been getting me away from the news, which is nice and much needed.
Try out Britbox
There are all sorts of series on the Britbox channel, both dramatic and comedic but it also has documentaries. I watched a dramatization called Pompeii: The Last Day because I had visited Pompeii while I was in Italy. And guess who I saw as a Pompeiian patriarch. . .
. . . Jim Carter who played Mr. Carson in Downton Abby. He, like everyone else in Pompeii got covered in ash.
Need some Poirot or Dr. Who? Maybe a little Shakespeare? Britbox is a lovely escape. I will continue taking virtual vacations watching it.
Britbox gave me a complimentary pass to review their channel but all my opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Britbox.
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